Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Unemployment Rates for States March, 2011 - New York ranked 21st


Unemployment Rates for States Monthly Rankings Seasonally Adjusted Mar. 2011

New York ranked 21st in unemployment at 8%


Unemployment dropped in 34 states in March 2011, according to figures released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics on April 19. Unemployment went up in only seven states and Puerto Rico, while rates in nine states and the District of Columbia remained unchanged. Compared to a year ago, 44 states have lower unemployment rates than in March 2010.

Job growth continues to fuel the recovery. Texas added more than 37,000 jobs, Missouri gained almost 25,000 jobs, and Florida increased employment by 22,600 positions during March. Missouri and Oklahoma saw employment grow by .9 percent and Kentucky and hard-hit Nevada each had job growth of .7 percent in March.

Nevada again led the states with the highest unemployment rate, at 13.2 percent for March, but that still was a decrease from 13.6 percent in February. California had the second highest rate, at 12.0 percent, with Florida at 11.1 percent and Rhode Island at 11.0 percent, but all three states saw their unemployment rates decrease in March. California and Rhode Island each dropped by .2 percent and Florida’s rate fell by .4 percent.

New Mexico saw the steepest drop in unemployment for the month, with a .6 percent decline over February figures. Other states with statistically significant decreases in unemployment were Florida and Oklahoma, dropping by .4 percent; Missouri and Ohio both down by .3 percent; and New Hampshire, New York and Pennsylvania each down by .2 percent.

Compared to a year ago, Michigan saw the biggest decline in unemployment, down a full 3.0 percent from March 2010. Michigan had led the states with the highest unemployment rate for 50 straight months during the recession but has experienced a steady recovery in the last year. Other hard hit Midwestern states also saw significant improvement over the last year, with unemployment dropping by 2.2 percent in Illinois and 2.1 percent in Indiana.

North Dakota, Nebraska and South Dakota continued to experience the lowest unemployment rates among the states, at 3.6 percent, 4.2 percent and 4.9 percent respectively.

State unemployment rates for April will be released on Friday, May 20, 2011.

Rank State Rate
1 NORTH DAKOTA 3.6
2 NEBRASKA 4.2
3 SOUTH DAKOTA 4.9
4 NEW HAMPSHIRE 5.2
5 VERMONT 5.4
6 IOWA 6.1
6 OKLAHOMA 6.1
8 WYOMING 6.2
9 HAWAII 6.3
9 VIRGINIA 6.3
11 MINNESOTA 6.6
12 KANSAS 6.8
13 MARYLAND 6.9
14 ALASKA 7.4
14 MONTANA 7.4
14 WISCONSIN 7.4
17 MAINE 7.6
17 UTAH 7.6
19 ARKANSAS 7.8
19 PENNSYLVANIA 7.8
21 MASSACHUSETTS 8.0
21 NEW YORK 8.0
23 LOUISIANA 8.1
23 NEW MEXICO 8.1
23 TEXAS 8.1
26 DELAWARE 8.4
27 INDIANA 8.5
28 ILLINOIS 8.8
29 OHIO 8.9
30 CONNECTICUT 9.1
30 MISSOURI 9.1
30 WEST VIRGINIA 9.1
33 ALABAMA 9.2
33 COLORADO 9.2
33 WASHINGTON 9.2
36 NEW JERSEY 9.3
37 ARIZONA 9.5
37 DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA 9.5
37 TENNESSEE 9.5
40 IDAHO 9.7
40 NORTH CAROLINA 9.7
42 SOUTH CAROLINA 9.9
43 GEORGIA 10.0
43 OREGON 10.0
45 KENTUCKY 10.2
45 MISSISSIPPI 10.2
47 MICHIGAN 10.3
48 RHODE ISLAND 11.0
49 FLORIDA 11.1
50 CALIFORNIA 12.0
51 NEVADA 13.2


p = preliminary.
NOTE: Rates shown are a percentage of the labor force. Data refer to place of residence. Estimates for the current month are subject to revision the following month.

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics and National Conference of State Legislatures

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Long Island Property taxes most important issue, say LIers

No surprise here ! To stop this ridiculous rise in property taxes we have to educate our fellow LIers and contact your representative that they should demand Speaker Silver respond to the pleas of homeowners across the state and support a property tax cap in New York. It has already passed the senate but is being stalled in the Assembly by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver.

Also this year we are seeing some enormous rise in property taxes in school districts such as
William Floyd 12.47% and Seaford 8.99%. Some school districts such as Middle country is resorting to blackmailing its residents. The deal for districts residents is either approved a 6.68% increase or the district is going to force 21.61% increase in tax levy.


Published by THOMAS MAIER at Newsday

By a wide margin, property taxes are the most important issue facing Long Islanders, according to a Newsday / News 12 Long Island / Siena Research Institute Poll. Property taxes were cited overall by 45 percent of respondents, more than twice the 21 percent who cited "availability of good jobs" as the second most pressing issue for Long Islanders. "Property taxes are really an issue here because it keeps the young people from staying on Long Island and it will prevent the older people from staying, too," Tafuri explained.

Property taxes also are a large part of why the 57 percent of those polled said Long Islanders are headed in the "wrong direction" rather than the "right track" in the poll. A similar margin said New York State was headed in the wrong direction as well.

Property taxes are a particularly raw issue in Nassau County, where 53 percent cited them as the biggest issue, compared to 36 percent in Suffolk. Islandwide, Republicans and people 55 years or older complained about property taxes the most. "The Democrats love to spend money and they have to get it from the taxpayers," said one poll respondent, a retired Republican who lives on Nassau County's South Shore.

School costs - the biggest part of property tax bills - were also on the minds of Long Islanders who cited "the quality of public schools" among their top concerns. "The first thing I would do is eliminate tenure for teachers in public schools to cut costs," said another poll respondent, a 50-year-old Garden City man who is a Republican and who did not want to give his name. Although he was happy that his two children attending local schools got a good education there, he said his family's property tax bill has been overwhelming.

Property taxes hit a chord with all respondents, regardless of age, race, gender, religion, location or party affiliation. In addition to identifying the most important issue, the poll underlined the intensity of Long Islanders' general feelings about property taxes, with 86 percent calling the issue "very important" and 11 percent as "somewhat important." Crime, schools, good jobs and health care also received strong reactions, with traffic congestion and the local environment getting milder reactions.